Personally, I think they have every right to peacefully protest by "taking a knee" if they choose, and I don't see it as spitting in the face of veterans. Most veterans I know personally are in full support of their Contitutional right to protest, and don't feel disrespected at all. Some people have said that they should "protest on their own time" And "keep their politics off the field," but in my opinion, if you are asking someone to stand in honor with their hand over their heart and sing a song of devotion to this country, you're bringing politics onto the field, and they should have the right to decline to participate in that action, if they choose. It seems incredibly coercive to me to say that they should be fired for taking a knee, and they shouldn't be making a "political statement" in that setting. But the thing is, whether you are standing OR kneeling, you're making a political statement. And it should be up to the individual to choose which one they want to make. Too many people, in my opinion, are acting as if standing and putting your hand over your heart is a neutral position, and kneeling is making a statement. But to me, the former seems like a pretty dang big statement as well. Anyway, that's my opinion. Thoughts?